Cooling the fire of inflammation

What is inflammation and how does it affect your health?

Inflammation is an essential part of the body’s healing system. Without inflammation injuries would not heal and a simple infection could kill you. However, too much of a good thing can become dangerous.

Acute inflammation occurs as the body’s normal response to injury or harmful stimuli. It’s goal is to protect the body against viruses, bacteria, foreign invaders and to remove debris and begin the healing process by repairing damaged tissue.

Chronic, low level inflammation (often referred to as “silent inflammation”) occurs as a result of continual modern irritations, such as, constant unrelenting stress, eating a poor diet, smoking, regular alcohol consumption, lack of exercising, and lack of sleep to name a few. Inflammation has proven to be a common denominator in a whole host of diseases and illnesses, such as, many cancers, diabetes, depression, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and even peripheral neuropathy.

As a result of diet and lifestyle, our bodies are exposed to more inflammatory chemicals than ever before in history. Even being as little as ten pounds overweight increases your level of inflammation. Fat cells produce inflammatory chemicals on their own at a rate much higher than other cells. Many ingredients in foods will increase your inflammatory pathway. Chronic inflammation causes damage to nerves, blood vessel linings, and many other tissues.

A recent study at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (2012) has shown that regular consumption of processed and junk food is the largest dietary driver of chronic inflammation (directly implicated in a large number of health problems and diseases).

Foods that you should avoid:

  • The 3 – P’s (Processed, Prepared, or Packaged foods) – This includes junk food!
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  • Refined Grains
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  • Sugary snacks & beverages
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  • Vegetable oils
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  • Trans fats
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  • Dairy
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  • Conventionally raised meat
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  • Processed meat
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  • Artificial food additives & preservatives
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  • Peanuts
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  • Coffee & tea
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  • Alcohol
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Inflammation Fighting Foods

  • 1. Kelp
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  • 2. Wild Alaskan Salmon
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  • 3. Turmeric
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  • 4. Shiitake Mushroom (organic)
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  • 5. Celery (organic)
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  • 6. Green Tea (organic)
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  • 7. Papaya
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  • 8. Pineapple
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  • 9. Cherries (organic)
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  • 10. Ginger
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  • 11. Garlic (fresh)
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  • 12. Blueberries (organic)
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  • 13. Broccoli
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  • 14. Spinach (organic)
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  • 15. Sweet Potatoes (organic)
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  • 16. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
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  • 17. Coconut Oil (virgin, cold processed)
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  • 18. Ghee
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Note: The following oils should never be used for cooking, due to their low smoke points and/or genetic modification: flaxseed, safflower, sunflower, soy, peanut, corn oils.